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According to Reuters, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has subpoenaed a metals warehousing firm, stepping up federal oversight of the commodities. Many of the firms are owned by major banks, and lawmakers and regulators have worried that they could be artificially inflating the cost of some commodities.


Attorney General Eric Holder wants to reduce the sentences for low-level drug crimes, according to The Hill. 


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The nation's new regulatory czar is hitting the ground running in his new post, involving himself in a series of discussions over environmental rules and serving as the administration's public face for cutting red tape.

President Obama said that he would have liked to delay the healthcare reform law's employer mandate through legislation, but that the toxic political environment in Congress forced him to push back the key provision on his own.

Some spouses in same-sex couples are starting to receive retirement benefits under Social Security.

Livestock companies are looking to be exempted from federal rules requiring truckers to take a 30-minute rest break every eight hours on the job. 


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